What’s something you don’t see every day?
Politicians from all four major political parties agreeing on something? Yep, you got it.
Last week, that’s exactly what we saw from Liberal, Labor, Nationals and Greens politicians. They all believe in Cash For Containers.
We’ve come such a long way. But after countless campaigning hours, the fight isn’t over yet. The NSW government still hasn’t confirmed it will be backing the community-led, world-class Cash For Containers system or the industry scheme – put forward by Coke and its drinks industry mates, ‘Thirst for Good’. That system simply can’t effectively tackle the problem of litter. Even though it would only target 3% of the bottles and cans that are currently littered rather than recycled, the drinks industry are using their enormous lobbying power to insist governments consider it.
With the government set to make their decision in May, it’s more important than ever that we keep the pressure on and make sure Premier Baird and his Cabinet know that the community demands a world-class container deposit system, not the industry scheme.
If we miss this chance in NSW, we also miss the chance to have an example of what a world-class container deposit scheme looks like to inspire other states to also take action.
Momentum is growing – we have broad-based community support, with over 55 groups, 11,000 submissions made, and local leaders across NSW (like Lord Mayor Clover Moore) coming out and publicly supporting Cash For Containers.
We have to keep building this movement – it’s vital that as many voices as possible speak up and tell our politicians that NSW deserves a world-class container deposit system that the community supports, not an substandard scheme pushed by big business.
Thanks for everything you do – now let’s take this over the line and get NSW a container deposit system that really works.